The most expensive destination in Ukraine is Odessa, ahead of Kiev.Kiev is no longer the most expensive city in Ukraine. Now it’s Odessa.

The most expensive destination in Ukraine is Odessa, ahead of Kiev

According to the ranking of the world’s most expensive cities, the cost of living in Odessa is now higher than in Kiev. The city is ranked 438th, according to Numbeo.

However, all Ukrainian entries are in the bottom 50 of the rating. 474 cities were ranked.

Here is where Ukrainian metropolises are located on the list:

  • Odessa (438)
  • Kiev (447)
  • Kharkiv (458)
  • Dnipro (462)
  • Sumy (463)
  • Lviv (465)
Bottom 50 of the rating by Numbeo: world's most affordable destinations.

Bottom 50 of the rating by Numbeo: World’s most affordable locations. (Click to enlarge.) Image: screenshot.

Well, here is another good piece of news. Lviv appeared to be one of the most affordable destinations. It’s an incredibly beautiful destination in Western Ukraine, which looks like a cozy European town.

Thousands of tourists from different parts of the world are attracted by Lviv’s history and magnificent architecture. You can become one of those admirers and get unforgettable impressions while walking through its beautiful streets hand in hand with your gorgeous Ukrainian girl.

In general, Ukraine has been voted #1 cheapest country for expats. It offers a good quality of life in the largest European country on a shoestring budget. No wonders many foreigners are moving there to settle. It is easier to do if you are married to a local.

Since Kiev became extremely affordable in the past years, it could be a perfect time to enter the local real estate market and capitalize on the future upside. Where else can you purchase a brand-new apartment in a European capital for under USD $100,000?

Maidan Nezalezhnosti

Kiev’s city centre: The Independence Square (Maidan Nezalezhnosti).

The most expensive destination in Ukraine

While Odessa is considered to be a beach town, Lviv is a tourist center of the country. On the photo: Lviv, bird’s eye view over the roofs of historical buildings.

About Odessa

Odessa, which is one of Ukraine’s main tourist destinations, is lovingly called “The pearl by the sea”. In 2016 tourist season (May-September), the resort welcomed over a million of travelers. The number of visitors is expected to grow and reach more than 3 million by 2020.

If you plan to meet your Ukrainian girlfriend, you can go to Odessa for a couple of days or more. Its climate is rather warm with an average of 6°C (43°F) in the period from January to March. Summer time is very warm but not too hot. The popular resort is located on the coast of the Black sea.

Odessa, Ukraine, Opera Theatre

Opera Theatre in Odessa is one of its signature buildings.

World’s most expensive cities

The following cities are in the top of the ranking:

  1. Hamilton (Bermuda Islands)
  2. Geneva
  3. Basel
  4. Zurich
  5. Venice

Russian entries:

  • Moscow: 331 (48%)
  • St. Petersburg: 352 (44%)
  • Yekaterinburg: 379 (39%)
  • Kazan: 390 (37%)
  • Novosibirsk: 409 (35%)

Minsk, Belarus, is #415.

The baseline for the index is the cost of living in New York, USA, which is taken as 100%. Now it is on 19th position.

Top 50 most expensive cities in the world. Data: Numbeo.

Top 50 most expensive cities in the world. Data: Numbeo.



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Odessa has never been a cheap city. As a resort city, it has quite high prices for everything. I have been to Odessa many times and I found it interesting enough to come back there one more time:) However, it’s not Kiev or Lviv. It’s quite different and at the same time colorful city with its own history and atmosphere. If it’s worth to spend so much money to go there? All depends on what you want to see and what you are waiting from Ukraine.


I love Kyiv and Odessa and I visited them many times. Also, I have noticed that they are most expensive cities. But I like living in them. As I think, the costs of living in town depend on quality that is expressed in the money turnover. Lviv is expensive too. But it is not so extreme for me and if I call in mind there are many tourists in this town.


I would recommend Kyiv, Odesa and Lviv as places to visit and I found the Ukrainian people extremely warm and helpful to me as a tourist wherever I went. It was most interesting for me to travel from Lviv to Krakow. Krakow is the city that Lviv SHOULD be if it had also had 25 years of good governance since the collapse of the Soviet bloc rather than 25 years of terrible governance.


Odesa is quite expensive, yeah, as for Ukrainians. But I know one foreigner, who has many apartments in differnt cities. He’s a fan of Kyiv and told me that for an expat or tourist this city is Inexpensive. The only reason (for him) not to leave Georgia (I mean the country near Ukraine, not a state in the USA) – a seashore. Yep, there is no sea near Kyiv. And he prefers to have his apartment near the sea. Well, perhaps, he will buy some in Odesa sometime))